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Its time for Scott’s to arrive to help Lee install the stereo. Scott will probably recognise the tape deck as his. Scott is at the door, ringing the doorbell. Moral debate questions: What should Lee – the one who has the stolen Birthday present from Dan - say or do? 1. Should Lee tell Scott that Dan took Scott’s stereo? Should tell/ shouldn’t tell/ can’t decide (Circle one) Reason…… 160
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2. How good a friend is Dan? Would Lee be able to trust Dan not to steal from him? Yes, could trust him / no couldn’t trust him / can’t decide (circle one) Reason…… 3. Dan stole the stereo for a good cause (Lee’s birthday). Does that make it alright for Dan to steal the stereo? Yes, alright / no, not alright / can’t decide (circle one) Reason…… 4. What if Dan didn’t steal the stereo from scotts car? What if instead Dan stole the stereo from a strangers car? Then would it be alright for Dan to steal the stereo for Lee’s birthday? Yes, alright / no, not alright / can’t decide (circle one) Reason…… Tutor guide for Moral debate: Lee’s problem situation focuses on the importance of trust in friendship: How trustworthy is a friend who has a stealing problem? Should you tell on a friend who has stolen in order to give you a gift? Or is stealing all right if it’s for a friend? Insofar as this problem situation addresses the value not only of affiliation but also of property, it serves as an excellent introduction to many of the problem situations that YP may face and have to deal with. The majority position tend to be that Lee should tell Scott that the stereo is his (question 1), that Lee would not be able to trust Dan not to steal from him (question 2), and that it was not alright for Dan to steal the stereo even 161
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though it was for Lee’s birthday (question 3) or even if the stereo belonged to a stranger instead of another friend of Lee’s (question 4). The majority positions tend to be supported by mature moral reasoning: Lee should tell Scott about the theft because otherwise Lee is letting Dan get away with hurting Scott, because it’s the honest thing to do, because Lee would want to be told if he were Scott, and because it would be the way to keep Scott’s trust and friendship. Stealing is wrong even if the victim is a stranger because it is against the law and because the stranger is still a person who should be respected instead of hurt. Lee should not consider Dan as a good friend because Dan steals things and is untrustworthy: Dan will steal from lee “at the first opportunity that he thinks he can get away with it.” Group members may also suggest that Lee should tell to avoid getting in trouble with Scott. More pragmatic group members who advocate not telling Scott about the theft may point out that “you’ll be out of a birthday present if you tell and Dan will be angry if he finds out. These group members may also claim that you can trust a friend who steals not to steal from you (question 2) and, by way of support, claim to have such friends. Because members may be adamant, don’t count on achieving a unanimous group decision on question 2.
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